Welcome to the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Government Book Talk! Our goal is to raise the profile of some of the best publications from the Federal Government, past and present. We’ll be reviewing new and popular publications, providing information about new publications in the offing, and talking about some out-of-print classics. The goal is to spotlight the amazing variety of Government publications and their impact on ourselves and our world – and have fun while doing it.
About the agency: GPO opened its doors over 150 years ago on March 4, 1861, and is part of the legislative branch of the federal government. GPO employees have been Keeping America Informed on the documents of our democracy, in both printed and electronic form. The agency produces the Congressional Record, Federal Register, the nation’s passports, and other Federal Government documents. It also maintains the Federal Depository Library Program to ensure public libraries nationwide have access to Federal published information.
About the authors:
- GovBookTalk: My name is Jim Cameron (not the movie director). I’m a long-time GPO employee, working mainly for the agency’s publications sales program in the areas of writing, editing, and outreach, but I also have a good deal of experience with the Federal depository library side of the house. I’m a serious book person – my wife claims that I own several thousand books, but I’m sure that’s an exaggeration. My interests lie mainly in the areas of history and biography – perfect for someone involved with Government books.
- GPOBookstore: My name is Michele Bartram, and I was new to GPO as the head of ecommerce and promotions for GPO’s U.S. Government Online Bookstore. I returned to the Federal Government after years in marketing and ecommerce in the private sector, and after GPO went to Business USA, the Government web portal for all small business resources, from start-ups to exporters. During my first round in Government, I had the opportunity to pitch and build the original web site for the United States Mint, along with an education site, and online store. I grew up in a house of books, and reading is my passion, although I now enjoying perusing both print and digital publications. My interests are in current affairs and Federal programs, which makes it very exciting to learn about the wonderful work done by our fellow Federal agencies!
- GPOWriter: My name is Trudy Hawkins, and I am a writer and marketing specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Division supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore. I specialize in email marketing, outreach, and promoting content published by U.S. Federal agencies.
- GPOWriter2: I am Chelsea Milko, Public Relations Specialist at GPO. I work in the Public Relations office promoting GPO, employees, and products through a variety of platforms including this blog and social media.
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If you have thoughts about a post, more information about a topic, or ideas about books to discuss, let us know. We see this blog not as a single voice, but as a community of book lovers, be those books print or electronic. Let the discussion begin!